Nov 172017
 

In Star Trek, the Klingons are an extraterrestrial humanoid warrior species who speak forcefully in a harsh, guttural language. Despite its disagreeable sound, ‘Klingonese’ has developed an extraordinary following in real-life.

Although the Klingon language was mentioned in the early Star Trek episode The Trouble with Tribbles (1967), it wasn’t until Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979) that the first words were spoken on screen. The subsequent development of Klingon into a fully-fledged language and the growing numbers of fans who speak it fluently reflects the enormous impact of the sci-fi classic’s impact on audiences worldwide.

The first Klingon words were devised by actor James Doohan (“Scotty”). For Star Trek III: The Search for Spock (1984), director Leonard Nimoy and writer-producer Harve Bennett wanted the Klingons to speak in a structured way instead of random words, and so commissioned a more authentic script based on the phrases Doohan had originated.

The task was undertaken by Marc Okrand, a language expert with a Ph.D. in Linguistics from the University of California, Berkeley. His new vocabulary and grammar were enthusiastically embraced by actor Christopher Lloyd (Captain Kruge) who impressed Okrand with his desire to get the pronunciation right, know what the words meant and how the sentences fitted together.

Okrand’s The Klingon Dictionary (1985), which described many aspects of the Klingon language, achieved sales of more than 300,000. In 1992 he released the audio book Conversational Klingon featuring Michael Dorn, the actor who played Worf. Among his follow up books The Klingon Way: A Warrior’s Guide is regarded by fans as a canonical source of the alien language.

Okrand says he never imagined people would study it so seriously or learn it so well that they could actually carry on conversations!

The Klingon Institute (KLI), founded in 1992 by fellow academic Lawrence M. Schoen, offers online courses and holds an annual conference providing lessons, lectures and exercises for those wishing to speak Klingonese. The KLI also runs several projects to promote the language, including the translation into Klingon of the Bible and works by Shakespeare.

Antiqued silver coin portraying Worf, the first Klingon officer to join Starfleet.

Today, Klingon is probably the most fully developed fictional language in the world. Fans use it to conduct marriage ceremonies and to write songs. A Klingon Christmas Carol, based on the famous novella by Charles Dickens, is performed regularly in the United States. An opera in the Klingon language premiered in The Hague in 2010.

In Australia, the Jenolan Caves in the Blue Mountains became the first attraction to offer guided tours in Klingon after the Sydney-class starship U.S.S. Jenolan appeared in an episode of The Next Generation.

In art, in advertising, even in television series and movies that have nothing to do with Star Trek, Klingon is now so extensively used that you might call it the first ‘universal’ language.

tlhlngan maH!
[We are Klingons!]

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Oct 052017
 

Gene Roddenberry’s Star Trek: The Next Generation debuted in 1987 and ran for 178 episodes over seven seasons until 1994, making it the longest running Star Trek series to date.

Set a century after Captain James T. Kirk embarked on his famous five year mission, the new series followed the 24th century adventures of Captain Jean-Luc Picard aboard the U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701-D.

A distinguished Starfleet officer, archaeologist and diplomat, Picard endeared himself to a whole new generation of Star Trek fans, playing a central role in developing the sci-fi series’ reputation as one of the most culturally influential shows in television history.

As in The Original Series, the captain was surrounded by an inner sanctum of crew members, who each attracted loyal fans in their own right. On the 30th anniversary of The Next Generation, The Perth Mint’s latest Star Trek commemorative coin celebrates Jean-Luc Picard and six of his trusted officers.

Commander Deanna Troi – Ship’s Counsellor
Of mixed human and Betazoid heritage and a legendary connoisseur of chocolate, Troi had partial telepathic abilities that enabled her to empathise strongly. Her empathic ability was a key factor during away missions and first contact scenarios.

Lieutenant Commander Worf – Conn Officer/Chief Security Officer
Starfleet’s first and only Klingon officer, Worf was adopted by Federation parents, which meant he was often torn between his human upbringing and his own Klingon culture. From his unique standpoint, however, he was able to play a key role in Empire politics.

Commander William T. Riker – First Officer
Often referred to as ‘Number One’, Riker matured from a bold and ambitious young officer into a more patient, vigilant and wise character. From the second season he sported a beard, a trademark considered to make him appear more nautical.

Lieutenant Commander Geordi La Forge – Helmsman/Chief Engineer
Blind since birth, La Forge’s VISOR provided him with a sense of sight. With an irreverence tempered by the added responsibility of his move to engineering, he nevertheless retained a strong sense of humour.

Commander Beverly Crusher MD – Chief Medical Officer
Romantically linked with Captain Picard, Crusher was thorough and conscientious in her medical work. She was also a superior scientist in various fields of research. A Fellow of the Academy of Starfleet Surgeons, she took a turn for one year as head of Starfleet Medical before returning to the Enterprise.

Lieutenant Commander Data – Chief Operations Officer
An artificial intelligence and synthetic life form, Data was a self-aware and anatomically fully functional android who tried hard to feel human emotion. His ability to show wisdom, sensitivity, and curiosity won him immense respect.


Star Trek: The Next Generation Crew – 30th Anniversary
2017 2oz Silver Coin

Crafted from 2oz of 99.99% pure silver, this fully authorised commemorative coin is issued by The Perth Mint with a limited mintage of just 3,000.

Destined to be sought after by fans of Star Trek: The Next Generation as a unique piece of memorabilia, the coin’s design includes the series’ official 30th anniversary logo.

Housed in superb presentation packaging, this release is recommended as a fascinating complement to our earlier Star Trek: The Original Series U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701 Crew 2016 2oz Silver Proof Coin.

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Jul 202017
 

Fans of Star Trek: The Next Generation idolise Jean-Luc Picard as one of Starfleet’s most inspirational captains. An accomplished diplomat and tactician, he made a deep impression as commander of the U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701-D at a time of major upheavals in galactic history.

During an extraordinary career, he made contact with no fewer than 27 alien species, including the Ferengi, the Cardassians, the Q, and the Borg.

It was his capture by the Borg and transformation into Locutus of Borg that provided some of the most dramatic and memorable moments of the series.

Under its plan to assimilate Earth, the Borg famously informed the Federation that “resistance is futile… but welcome”. Picard was chosen to become an intermediary with the human race, and despite his refusal, was captured and embedded with cybernetic devices including a single, red laser ocular implant in order to undertake the role.

Picard’s assimilation allowed the Borg to acquire his knowledge and experience. However, the connection proved to be two-way. When the crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise-D seized Locutus, they were able to use his link to disable and destroy the Borg’s vessel.

Star Trek: The Next Generation 30th Anniversary – 2017 1oz Silver Proof Coin

This year marks the 30th anniversary of Star Trek: The Next Generation, which originally went to air in 176 episodes between 1987 and 1994. Judged by fans and critics to be a worthy successor to The Original Series, it remains one of the most admired series from the highly influential Star Trek franchise.

Struck from 1oz of 99.99% pure silver, this stunning collectable portrays Captain Jean-Luc Picard and Star Trek: The Next Generation‘s 30th anniversary logo. The design also includes references to the U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701-D, and Locutus of Borg, the Borg designation forced upon Picard after his assimilation by the cybernetic species.

With global celebrations including cast reunions scheduled throughout 2017, the coin offers fans a stunning item of memorabilia limited by official mintage to just 3,000 pieces.

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May 042017
 

Mirror, Mirror was one of the most memorable and influential episodes from Star Trek: The Original Series.

Its fascination lay in the provocative concept of parallel universes. After all, many of us have wondered at one time or another whether humans can co-exist in parallel worlds. Half a century after Mirror, Mirror aired for the first time in 1967, Australian scientists proposed that parallel universes really exist, and that they interact!

The iconic episode opened with Kirk, McCoy, Uhura and Scott failing to secure a supply of dilithium crystals, essential for warp drive engines, from a humanoid race known as the Halkans. As they beam back aboard the U.S.S. Enterprise, the transporter is affected by an ion storm, hurling the four officers into a mirror universe in which the Imperial Starship Enterprise is run on the basis of fear, torture, and assassination.

In Mirror, Mirror, a classic episode of Star Trek first seen in 1967, Captain James T. Kirk and three fellow officers are thrown into an alternative universe in which Spock has become a ruthless and malevolent character who wears an intimidating goatee beard. Picture courtesy of CBS Studios Inc.

Aboard the alternative starship they’re greeted by a malevolent incarnation of First Officer Spock, a servant of the repressive and violent Terran Empire. Spock’s striking makeover, in the form of a goatee beard, instantly alerts Kirk and company of their arrival in a strange and hostile world.

Nominated for a Hugo Award in 1968 as Best Dramatic Presentation, Mirror, Mirror inspired episodes of  Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and Star Trek: Enterprise, and has been referenced and parodied in many other works. Although Spock’s beard provoked a range of views from die-hard fans of the show, it was so unforgettable that the episode is often recalled as “the one with Spock’s beard”.

Described as blending action, suspense, and Star Trek idealism, Mirror, Mirror was hailed for the performances of its lead actors. Needless to say, the heroes engineered a means of returning to their own universe, but not before challenging Mirror Spock about the futility of his role in the brutal Terran Empire. In one of his most memorable lines, he insists: “Terror must be maintained or the Empire is doomed.”

Nothing if not thought provoking, Mirror, Mirror is rightly considered to be one of the finest instalments from The Original Series.

2017 Star Trek: The Original Series – Mirror, Mirror 1oz Silver Proof Coin

In tribute to Mirror, Mirror, this new coin from our Star Trek coin program features a design portraying characterisations of Spock in both worlds. Between his profiles are Starfleet Command‘s famous Delta Badge featuring a sciences insignia, and the symbol of the Terran Empire represented by planet Earth bisected by a sword.

No more than 3,000 of these special collector releases will be issued, each housed in presentation packaging featuring a ring of blue light around the coin which illuminates when the lid is open.

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Oct 212016
 

Earlier releases from the Star Trek coin program portrayed Captain James T. Kirk and First Officer Spock. This new addition featuring a vividly coloured design celebrates the intrepid leaders once again, but this time alongside five other memorable crew members from the U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701.

Struck from 2oz of 99.9% pure silver, the new coin is housed in a stunning replica of an original communicator – a palm held voice communications device that anticipated the development of the modern flip phone.

Characters featured for the first time on a coin from the Star Trek program comprise:

Chief Medical Officer Dr. Leonard ‘Bones’ McCoy

tos_mccoyDespite an argumentative and sometimes cynical nature, Bones McCoy cared deeply for the crew members under his medical care. But it wasn’t only their physical well-being that concerned him. McCoy played his role as psychologist expertly to the hilt — especially for the ship’s two senior officers. As such an emotional watchdog he was not afraid to take on his captain, but it was his running battle of wits with Spock which became legendary.

Chief Engineer Montgomery ‘Scotty’ Scott

tos_scottyRenowned for his love of Scotch and the ability to play the bagpipes, Scotty was regarded as something of a miracle worker thanks to his engineering feats, which on more than one occasion saved the Enterprise. As well as getting the best out of the ship’s warp engines, Scotty was often called upon to ‘energize’ the ship’s transporter system, giving rise in popular culture to the phrase “Bean me up, Scotty”.

Chief Communications Officer Nyota Uhura

tos_uhuraResourceful, dependable and savvy, Nyota Uhura set a high bar for subsequent communications officers. It was not unusual to see her rewire or repair her own communications board during a crisis. But this pioneering female member of the crew was capable of much more. Not only was she trained to serve at the Enterprise helm, such was her confidence that she once assumed command of the starship and led a landing party to rescue senior male officers.

Navigator Pavel Andreievich Chekov

tos_chekovOne of the youngest officers aboard the Enterprise, Pavel Chekov was so full of brash assertions laced with his Russian ethnic pride and accomplishments that he became a good-natured joke among his superiors. Prone to hot-headed actions and romantic attachments, he was nevertheless a notable graduate of the Space Academy and a capable substitute for Spock at the science officer station when necessary.

Helmsman Hikaru Sulu

tos_suluSulu controlled both the speed and attitude of the Enterprise, as well as the ship’s weapon and shield systems. He was also an accomplished pilot of craft from many eras and cultures, piloting with little warm-up both an antique 20th century Earth helicopter and a Klingon Bird-of-Prey. Of Asian descent, Sulu was an active hobbyist with interests including fencing, botany, and the martial arts of his native culture.

BUY NOW: Star Trek: The Original Series – U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701 Crew 2016 2oz Silver Proof Coin

Issued as legal tender of Tuvalu, no more than 5,000 of these superb collectables will be released.

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Sep 082016
 

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The first regular episode of Star Trek: The Original Series went to air on the 8 September 1966. Almost exactly 50 years later, The Perth Mint has released a special silver coin in the shape of the iconic delta shield badge seen on Star Trek uniforms and starships throughout the entire canon.

An incredible memento, the brand new 50th Anniversary Delta 1oz Silver Coin could be yours! Simply unscramble the following letters for your chance to win!

Clue: Famous catchphrase inspired by Star Trek: The Original Series.

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How to enter: Email your answer to anagram@perthmint.com.au marking your reply ‘September 2016 Anagram Competition’ in the subject line. Please include your name, address and telephone number. Entries close on 4 October 2016. Eligible entrants will be included in the free draw and the winner will be notified by telephone or email. Terms and conditions.

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August 2016 anagram competition winner: Congratulations Marcel Krawczyk of ACT for the correct answer of ‘Hawker Hurricane’.

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